- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 1, 2001

President Bush yesterday said he intends to nominate James B. Comey, a veteran federal prosecutor who runs the Richmond division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the eastern district of Virginia, as the new U.S. attorney in New York.
Mr. Comey, 40, who worked as a federal prosecutor in the New York office for 10 years with then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, replaces U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, who will leave her post at the end of the year. He has been in the Virginia office since 1996.
The longtime prosecutor, who stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall and who was born in Yonkers, N.Y., has aggressively investigated cases of gun violence, prosecuted terrorists and, as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York, pursued fugitive financier Marc Rich who won a last-minute pardon from President Clinton.
He also helped bring indictments against 14 persons charged in connection with the 1996 attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. Nineteen American servicemen died in the bomb attack.
While in Richmond, Mr. Comey created Project Exile, which mandates stiff prison sentences for any felon caught with a gun. The program has led to a significant drop in the state's homicide rate.
Mr. Bush announced his intention to nominate Mr. Comey last night. Mr. Comey, whose office declined comment yesterday, met last month with New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.
Officials for Mr. Schumer said after the meeting that Mr. Comey "looks like he may meet some of the criteria that are important for this job," based on his resume and experience.
Federal law enforcement authorities said last night that Mr. Comey remains highly regarded in the New York office, where he is remembered as a knowledgeable, hard-working prosecutor. He left the New York office two months after Mrs. White took over.

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